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17Sep/140

Improv Gig 41: Impromp2 – 2prov – Wednesday 10th September 2014

Improv Gig : 41.
Date : Wednesday 10th September, 2014.
Company : Impromp2
Duos : Claire Corfield & Matt Vaughn-Wilson / Kit Murdock & Aaron Twitchen / Neil Jackson & John Robinson / Lorcan Mullan & Matt Fishwick / Lee Dempsey & Wanda Keenan.
Location : Cherry Reds, 88-90 John Bright Street, Birmingham, United Kingdom, B1 1BN.
Start time : 7.30pm.
Duration : 2 hours.

Show Format:
This evening differed from my usual improv shows because it was the first time that I had performed longform improv as part of a duo. Each duo would get 10-15 minutes to improvise scenes based off an audience suggestion.

The Gig Itself:

First Half

DUO 1: Claire Corfield & Matt Vaughn-Wilson
Suggestion: I want to say Needle. So, needle.
Featuring violent knitters and broken legs, a schoolboy / teacher liason and a French spy falling in love with the British way of life during World War 2.

DUO 2: Kit Murdock & Aaron Twitchen
Suggestion: Honey
Featuring an obese woman and the man that loved her. A young girl obsessed with Cliff Richard and his religious songs and that father that was wary of him. And a boy who didn't know his name or address.

DUO 3: Neil Jackson & John Robinson
Suggestion: Can't remember what the suggestion was, but the number was 74.
Featuring a Scottish / Welsh border dweller applying for his English Citizenship, skipping back 74 months into the past with each new scene so that it was revealed how he met and then killed his wife, how his wife had a knife fetish and how Jurassic Park inspired the whole thing.

Second Half

DUO 4: Lorcan Mullan & Matt Fishwick
Suggestion: Brecon Beacons
Featuring a home in a remote location, and a father imparting wisdom to his son, about how he learnt to heal himself from bullet wounds with the power of his mind. The reason why he thought the power of the mind worked. And how he ended up being paid to get a mortgage.

DUO 5: Wanda Keenan & Lee Dempsey
Suggestion: Chrysanthemum
Featuring overly creative funeral flower arrangers. Flirting uppercrust horse riders. A song. And inappropriate comforting at a funeral.

Post Gig Thoughts:
This was the first time that I had been to Cherry Reds (performing or other otherwise.) It's a nice space. The evening flew by and I enjoyed all the acts. I really enjoyed doing longform, and it is definitely something that I'd like to do more of when I get to Australia. There are quite a few improv groups out there, and one of them does longform classes, so that's something I'll be looking into because I'd to get better at it and do more shows. I'm also going to be looking to do more regular improv classes when I get over there. And maybe look into taking an acting class or two as well.

Thanks to the Kit for inviting us, the participants for giving us an entertaining show and to the audience for turning up and laughing.

See you all at my next show.

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7May/140

Upcoming Improv Gig: Wow Impro – On The Spot Comedy Improv – Friday 9th May 2014

This week, I'm back in the Midlands for another improv gig with Wow Impro.

This is a Friday night 2 hour show at Esquires Coffee House, Coventry Transport Museum, CV1 1JD Coventry, United Kingdom.

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So come on down to Esquires on Friday 9th May 2014.

Start your weekend right with a double shot of improv goodness with your comedy baristas:

Rich Coad,
Sarah Coad,
Matt Dibbens,
Richard Baldwin,
Lorcan Mullan,
Lyndi Smith,
Matt Fishwick.

FREE show. Show starts at 7pm, finishes at 9pm. Completely family friendly.

Come along and bring your friends!

It'll be great!

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23Apr/140

Improv Gig 39: Wow Impro – On The Spot Comedy Improv – Friday 11th April 2014

Improv Gig : 39.
Date : Friday 11th April, 2014.
Company : Wow Impro.
Players : Rich Coad, Sarah Coad, Lorcan Mullan, Matt Dibbens and Matt Fishwick.
Location : Esquires Coffee House, Coventry Transport Museum, CV1 1JD Coventry, United Kingdom.
Start time : 7pm.
Duration : 2 hours.

Show Format:
Much like last time, this will be a straight forward gig without any competition elements.

The Gig Itself:

First Half

GAME 1: "REMOTE CONTROL"
Featuring Everyone With Rich as controlling the remote.
Each improviser was a different TV channel and Rich could move between the them to see what was happening on each one. Sarah was a medical drama. Lorcan was a sports show, Dibbens was a nature programme and Fishwick was a Spanish Soap Opera about Love, lust and caravans. A fun game where, given my mastery of el spanish language, I got to speak into spanish style gibberish.

GAME 2: "ABC"
Featuring Lorcan and Fishwick.
The suggestion was a two office co-workers having an affair, starting with the letter J.

GAME 3: "SCENERY"
Featuring Rich, Dibbens with Sarah as the scenery.
Dibbo and Rich were father and son on adventure day out at the local tip where they found the magical washing machine of Nuneaton.

GAME 4: "SCENES FROM A HAT"
Featuring Everyone.
This involved performing short scenes as made up by the audience and then pulled at random from a hat.

GAME 5: "CHANGE"
Featuring Fishwick, Dibbens and Sarah.
Sarah was hiding a secret of a hidden time machine from Dibbens and Fishwick.

GAME 6: "ONE VOICE"
Featuring Lorcan interviewing Rich and Sarah as the one voiced expert.
It was a very funny game, but I'm racking my brain and I can't remember what the suggestion was. Sorry.

GAME 7: "EMOTIONAL TAXI"
Featuring Fishwick as the fearful driver with:
Rich as the excited passenger.
Lorcan as the very sad passenger.
Dibbens as the angry passenger.

GAME 8: "MEDIUM"
Featuring Rich as Coadini, the medium channelling the spirit of person from history who is confessing to something. He was ably assisted by Lorcan and questions from the audience were provided by Sarah, Dibbens and Fishwick.
Coadini was channelling the spirit of Galileo who was admitting that he was a huge Girls Aloud fan.

Second Half

GAME 9: "ACTION REPLAY"
Featuring Rich, Dibbens and Fishwick. With a cameo by Sarah and directed by Lorcan.
Fishwick was finally turning 18 and was about to take on his Dad (Rich) in a wrestling ring. It was replayed in reverse, at double speed, as 4 year olds doing the nativity play, with all the characters having their shoelaces tied together and then as a pile up of all four styles in one go.

GAME 10: "POET TRANSLATOR"
Featuring Lorcan interpreting for Fishwick.
The poem was about the invention of shoes.

GAME 11: "LITTLE VOICE"
Featuring Rich finding an object in a supermarket with the voice provided by Sarah.
Rich found and interacted with a tin of canned produce that revealed it could take because it was alphabetty spaghetti and because it contained letters, it could form words.

GAME 12: "SPORTS COMMENTATORS"
Featuring Rich and Sarah competing in the World Shoe Polishing Championships with commentary provided by Lorcan and Dibbens.

GAME 13: "LINES OF DIALOGUE"
Featuring Lorcan and Fishwick.
Fishwick was a birthday party clown who had hired a freelance clown, Lorcan, to aid him at the party and a swimming pool.

GAME 14: "PROPS"
Featuring Everyone.
This involved performing short scenes with props. Props included but were not limited to: a water spritzing bottle, a small garden trowel, a drum cover, a part of a coffee pot, and an apple corer.

GAME 15: "ACCENTS"
Featuring Sarah, Coad and Dibbens.
I can't remember what this scene was about, but I remember it being funny. My favourite accent suggested was the Brummie-Glasgow hybrid.

GAME 16: "GUESS THE JOB"
Featuring Sarah as the person in her new job.
Sarah had to guess that she was:
A Vet who worked exclusively with the back end of pantomime horses during a lunar eclipse, using a reote control whilst wearing a rubber glove onsie.
I actually managed to give 2 clues this month!

Post Gig Thoughts:
Great to be back with the gang at Esquires after a couple of months out of the rotation. I was a little nervous at first but soon settled into it. As we were all rock and roll at the gig, we were all drinking bottled water. As there are two Matts in the group, myself and Matt "Dibbo" Dibbens, I modified my bottle so that we wouldn't get them mixed up. Which made things much clearer:

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We had a great crowd, the place was packed and it was a great show. Looking forward to May's edition. See you there, you cheeky scamps!

On to the next gig!

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29Jan/140

Improv Gig 38: Wow Impro – On The Spot Comedy Improv – Friday 10th January 2014

Improv Gig : 38.
Date : Friday 10th January, 2014.
Company : Wow Impro.
Players : Rich Coad, Sarah Coad, Rich Baldwin, Matt Dibbens and Matt Fishwick.
Location : Esquires Coffee House, Coventry Transport Museum, CV1 1JD Coventry, United Kingdom.
Start time : 7pm.
Duration : 2 hours.

Show Format:
Much like last time, this will be a straight forward gig without any competition elements..

The Gig Itself:

First Half

GAME 1: "BLANCMANGE"
Featuring Everyone With Coad as conductor.
A variation on Story, Story, Die. The audience shouted "Blancmange" everytime someone messed up and was eliminated. The title of the story was "The Day the Prime Minister Lost His Bed." Order of elimination: Dibbens, Fishwick, Baldwin.
A fun game that was won by Sarah.

GAME 2: "ABC"
Featuring Baldwin and Fishwick.
The suggestion was a Javelin.
Fishwick was teaching Baldwin how to throw the Javelin.

GAME 3: "CHANGE"
Featuring Baldwin, Dibbens and Sarah.
Baldwin was hiding a secret from Sarah that he was an opera singer.

GAME 4: "PAN LEFT"
Featuring:
Coad and Dibbens - I can't remember what this scene was about.
Dibbens and Sarah - I cn't remember what this scene was about either. Sorry.
Sarah and Fishwick: International Gurning Competition.
Fishwick and Coad: Coad has bought Fishwick a kangaroo as a present.

GAME 5: "LINES OF DIALOGUE"
Featuring Baldwin, Dibbens and Fishwick.
I can't remember what this scene was about, but Baldwin proposed to Fishwick at the end.

GAME 6: "SCENERY"
Featuring Baldwin, Coad with Sarah as the scenery.
Baldwin and Coad were trying to find a Barbie Doll as a birthday present.

GAME 7: "EMOTIONAL TAXI"
Featuring Sarah as the driver. Coad, Fishwick and Dibbens as passengers.
I remember my emotion was fear. And that Dibbens had indifference. I can't remember what Coad or Sarah's was. (This is turning into a great write up, isn't it?)

GAME 8: "LOCATION, OCCUPATION, WEAPON"
Rich mimed to Sarah, Sarah mimed to Dibbens. Dibbens mimed to Baldwin. Baldwin mimed to Fishwick.
Fishwick's guesses were a pirate ship, farm, and something I can't remember.

Second Half

GAME 9: "ACTION REPLAY"
Featuring Coad, Dibbens and Fishwick.
Coad and Dibbens were at a railway station and they were interupted by a walking tree (Fishwick). It was replayed in reverse, at double speed and as a gangster film.

GAME 10: "ONE VOICE"
Featuring Coad was interviewing Baldwin and Sarah as the one voiced expert.
The experts specialist topic was about sheep. (This featured a cameo by Fishwick as a sheep.)

GAME 11: "WORD COUNT"
Featuring Baldwin (7 words), Dibbens (2 words), Fishwick (1 word).
Baldwin and Dibbens were fighting over a woman (Fishwick).

GAME 12: "HEY, YOU DOWN THERE"
Featuring Coad and Sarah acting out an instructional 1950s informational film, with Dibbens providing the voice over. This month's topic was Cleaning an Oven.

GAME 13: "POET TRANSLATOR"
Featuring Baldwin interpreting for Fishwick.
The poem was about spoons.

GAME 14: "SCENES FROM A HAT"
Featuring Everyone.
This involved performing short scenes as made up by the audience and then pulled at random from a hat. I can't recall what many of the suggestions were, sorry.

GAME 15: "ACCENTS"
Featuring Sarah, Coad and Dibbens.
I can't remember what this scene was about, but I remember it being funny.

GAME 16: "GUESS THE JOB"
Featuring Sarah as the person in her new job.
Sarah had to guess that she was:
A Barmaid serving goats milk and Guinness only on a full moon, shortly after midnight whilst wearing a hamster onsie.
I actually managed to give some clues this month!

Post Gig Thoughts:
Good to be back doing improv with the gang after a rest over Christmas. I felt rusty, and I think it showed a little. Lots of fun was had, though. I think the audience really enjoyed it. I'll be taking a break from the Esquires shows in February and March (only due to the extra high costs of the Travelodge on those show dates) but look forward to being back in the show in April.

On to the next gig!

Will you be there? Check my calendar to find our where I'm performing next.

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18Dec/130

Improv Gig 37: Wow Impro – On The Spot Comedy Improv – Thursday 12th December 2013

Improv Gig : 37.
Date : Thursday 12th December, 2013.
Company : Wow Impro.
Players : Rich Coad, Sarah Coad, Lorcan Mullan, Zoe Podmore and Matt Fishwick.
Location : Esquires Coffee House, Coventry Transport Museum, CV1 1JD Coventry, United Kingdom.
Start time : 7pm.
Duration : 2 hours.

Show Format:
Much like last time, this will be a straight forward gig without any competition elements. Most of the suggestions will probably have a Christmas Theme.

The Gig Itself:

First Half

GAME 1: "BAUBLES"
Featuring Everyone With Rich and Matt as conductor.
A variation on Story, Story, Die. The audience shouted "Baubles" everytime someone messed up and was eliminated. The title of the story was "All I want for Christmas is a Snowman."
I was eliminated first, so I switched to conductor and Rich went into the story.
A fun game that was won by Sarah.

GAME 2: "QUESTIONS ONLY"
Featuring Everyone.
The suggestion was a wheelbarrow in a swimming pool.
I didn't win this one, either. I can't even remember who did.

GAME 3: "A-Z"
Featuring Lorcan and Matt.
The suggestion was Hazel, which morphed into Matt giving Lorcan CV advice because he had been unemployed for over a year.

GAME 4: "ONE VOICE POLICE INTERVIEW"
Featuring Sarah and Zoe as one voice interviewed by Rich.
The suggestion for the stolen item was Santa's red suit. This scene also featured cameo appearances by Lorcan as a police officer and Matt as a naked Santa looking for his suit.

GAME 5: "PAN LEFT"
Four scenes went on during this game. They were:
Sarah and Rich were in a branch of B&Q on a submarine.
Rich and Lorcan were brothers.
Loran and Zoe were ontop of a mountain.
Zoe and Sarah were work colleagues.

GAME 6: "HEY YOU DOWN THERE"
Featuring Zoe, Sarah and Matt as the Announcer.
The suggestion was "Christmas Meal." The scene was a 1950s-style public information film about how to cook the perfect Christmas meal, including killing and cooking the turkey and Zoe getting her hand chopped off, apparently.

GAME 7: "EMOTIONAL TAXI"
Zoe was the driver of the taxi. Her emotion was ecstatic about Christmas.
Lorcan, as the first passenger, was Neurotic. (Doing his very best Woody Allen impression.)
Sarah, as the second passenger, was morose.
Matt, as the final passenger, was grinch-like. (Naturally.)
We spoke in rhyme. For a Time!

GAME 8: "LOCATION, OCCUPATION, WEAPON"
Rich mimed to Sarah, Sarah mimed to Zoe. Zoe mimed to Lorcan. Lorcan mimed to Matt.
Matt's guesses were a rugby pitch, a circus ringmaster, and an eagle.
The actual items were: Rugby Ground, a clown, and a seagull.

Second Half

GAME 9: "ACTION REPLAY"
Featuring Sarah, Zoe and Matt.
Sarah and Zoe were on a date at an abbatoir and Matt offered them meat cutting lessons. Then chased them until Sarah fell over.
The scene was replayed in triple time. Then in reverse. Then replayed as a normal scene, but every time Rich clapped his hands, each actor became the character to their left. Then the scene was replayed for a final time as an opera.

GAME 10: "LINES OF DIALOGUE"
Featuring Lorcan and Matt.
A fun scene about two people going on holiday. Which resulted in Matt wanting to return to Blackpool because he was seeing visions of RuPaul on the bathroom wall.

GAME 11: "HUMAN SCENERY"
Featuring Rich and Zoe. With Sarah as the scenery.
Zoe and Rich acted out a scene. (Where the pair of them were in a supermarket just minutes before closing.) The scenery and all objects in the scene were acted out by Sarah.

GAME 12: "SCENES FROM A HAT"
Featuring Everyone.
This involved performing short scenes as made up by the audience and then pulled at random from a hat. I can't recall what many of the suggestions were, but most of them were funny. (Especially the short scene about people taking a selfie at a funeral. Topical!)

GAME 13: "PILLARS"
Featuring Lorcan, Rich and Matt.
Lorcan discovered that Matt had eaten all the advent calendar chocolates of his little brother, Rich.

GAME 14: "FILM / TV STYLES"
Featuring Rich, Sarah and Zoe.
The trio were creating a new Christmas Coca Cola advert. At various points the style of the scene changed to: Burt Reynolds, Gangster, Bollywood, Farce, Suspense, Queen's Speech, Dr Who, Amateur Dramatics and Documentary.

GAME 15: "TINY VOICE"
Featuring Rich with Sarah as tiny voice.
A man returned home after work and tried to make a pot of tea, but found that the kettle could talk (voiced by Sarah). This game also featured cameos by Lorcan and Petey Pot, Matt as Marcus the Mug, and Zoe as the Man's wife who was worried about him being so overworked.

GAME 16: "PARTY QUIRKS"
Featuring Zoe as the host of her Sweet 16 Party.
Rich was a Bruce Forsyth impersonator.
Lorcan was a name dropper.
Sarah was a shark.
Matt was a samurai and shepherd.
It was a fun game. I killed a lot of sheep with my sword. I think that's the best game of party quieks I've ever played as was I channeling my inner John Belushi.

Post Gig Thoughts:
Christmas show, baby.
Had a really fun time doing the Wow Impro Christmas show. We moved to a Thursday for this show due to another event happening at the Transport Museum on the regular Friday slot. (And the sound from that would have drowned us out.)

It was Zoe's first show this month, too. She was great. Congrats, Zoe. And it was a lot of fun improvising alongside Lorcan again.

Big thanks to Rich Coad, Rich Baldwin, Matt Dibbens, Sarah Coad, Lorcan Mullan, Zoe Podmore and all the guests that we've had over the last months for letting me improvise alongside you this year.

So that wraps up my improv gigs for 2013. I have managed to do 23 shows this year. And I've had a blast doing all of them.

So all that's left is to look forward to 2014 for more of this:

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On to the next gig! And the next year!

Will you be there? Check my calendar to find our where I'm performing next.

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11Dec/130

Improv! Tomorrow! Coventry!

That's right. It's time to list this month's improv gig. This month's gig is tomorrow, Thursday 12th December 2013. I'm back in the Midlands for a Christmas improv gig with Wow Impro.

This is a Thursday night 2 hour show at Esquires Coffee House, Coventry Transport Museum, CV1 1JD Coventry, United Kingdom.

Start your weekend early with a double shot of improv goodness with your comedy baristas:

Rich Coad,
Sarah Coad,
Zoe Podmore,
Lorcan Mullan,
Matt Fishwick.

FREE gig. Show starts at 7pm.

Come along and bring your friends!

And bring your suggestions!

Check out the Facebook event.

Check out the calendar event.

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4Dec/130

Improv Gig 36: Beware The Gnomes Present Improv Night – Saturday 23rd November 2013

Improv Gig : 36.
Date : Saturday 23rd November, 2013.
Company : Beware The Gnomes.
Players : Adam Palmer, Ashley Miller, Judgement Dave and Matt Fishwick.
Monologues : Lee Moore, Sally Jones, and Ste Price.
Location : Upstairs at The Town Hall Tavern, 20 Tib Lane, Manchester, M2 4JA.
Start time : 7.30pm.
Duration : 2 hours.

Show Format:
Unlike other shows, this will be split into two halves. In the first half, Beware The Gnomes will be doing an Armando format. One person does a truthful monolugue based off an audience suggestion which will then inspire some improv scenes.

In the second half, we're opening the floor to both the Gnomes and the audience and the show will become a shortform improv jam ("Whose Line Is It Anyway?" style games). We'll be picking names out of a hat to take part in each game.

The Gig Itself:

First Half - Longform

Monologue 1: Lee Moore
Audience Suggestion: Rope.
I can honestly say that the whole thing was a blur. But there is video, so hopefully once it gets uploaded, I shall post the links.

Monologue 2: Sally Jones
Audience Suggestion: ?. (Can't remember.)
I can honestly say that the whole thing was a blur. But there is video, so hopefully once it gets uploaded, I shall post the links.

Monologue 3: Ste Price
Audience Suggestion: "Frog."
I can honestly say that the whole thing was a blur. But there is video, so hopefully once it gets uploaded, I shall post the links.

Second Half - Improv Jam

We picked names.
We did games.
I can honestly say that the whole thing was a blur. But there is video, so hopefully once it gets uploaded, I shall post the links. I really wish that I could remember. But I don't. People had fun. Audience Member, and Jam participant, Nick was crowned Flavour Of The Month, though.

Post Gig Thoughts:
First show, baby. It happened. (It's the show I was fired from ComedySportz UK for doing, despite there being no CSz longform options available to me.) I feel a great sense of pride and accomplishment in myself and my fellow Gnomesters.
Because.
We.
Are.
Awesome.
And.
We.
Made.
It.
Happen.
I don't remember a lot of the specifics of the night (without watching the videos, which I haven't seen yet, writing this the day after the gig) because I just remember rushing trying to get things ready and setting up the room after the stag do got kicked out of the room. (Thanks to the wonderful Bar staff for making that happen.) Then the audience showed up (I want to to thank the audience for coming.) And then: SHOW! Which was a blur of fun. (I think I was dragged across the floor at one point.)

We all had fun. The audience liked it. We're looking forward to the next show in the New Year. Hopefully see you there for some more regular jam action.

I also want to take the opportunity to say to anyone reading this who's thinking of putting on their own improv show, DO IT! Just book a function room in a pub somewhere and just go for it. It'll seem stressful while you're marketing the gig, but then the gig will happen, and you'll get to do improv onstage in front of people (which you love to do), women will want to date you and you'll discover a cure for cancer (Ok, maybe not those last two). But you'll feel rewarded afterwards. (Especially if you charge people to get in.) There is no downside (except of course that you wasted a few hours that you could have dedicated to curing cancer). And the skills that you teach yourself to get the word out about your gig can be applied to other areas of your life.

Beware The Gnomes put on this gig, because we wanted to grow the Manchester improv scene. And we're doing it. One show at a time.

Improv, baby. It's a Wonderful Life.

Thank you:
I want to thank my fellow Gnomes: Adam, Ash, Judgement Dave, Lee, Sally, and Ste.
I want to thank the audience for watching and taking part.
I want to thank that guy from New Zealand for coming halfway around to see the show. 😉
I want to thank people who I haven't seen in ages for turning up.
I want to thank new people I had never met before for turning up.
And I want to thank The Town Hall Tavern for having us.
I want to thank the good people of Wow Impro for advice on setting up a gig. (When in Coventry / Bedworth check them out for shows and workshops.)
I want to thank Steve Roe from Hoopla for his fantastic advice. (When in London check them out for shows and workshops.)
I want to thank the improv superstars that I bothered on Twitter who retweeted me and my pimping of the gig: Colin Mochrie, Andy Smart, Lee Simpson, Mike McShane, Neil Mullarkey, Josie Lawrence, Pippa Evans, Hoopla Impro, C3467X, Chris Tavner, Sean Mason, and Kate McCabe.
I want to thank @CatsAreLoud, @Cantus, and @AndreaMann for gig RTs, too.
And lastly, I want to thank all the friends that I have made as a direct result of having improv in my life. I'm a better person for having met you.

On to the next gig!

Will you be there? Check my calendar to find our where I'm performing next.

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27Nov/130

Improv Gig 35: Box Of Frogs – Toadally Free Improv Comedy – Monday 18th November 2013

Improv Gig : 35.
Date : Monday 18th November, 2013.
Company : Box Of Frogs.
Players : Jon Trevor, Dave, John, Karen, Owen, Will, Ziona, and Matt Fishwick.
Location : Blue Orange Theatre, 118 Great Hampton Street, Birmingham, B18 6AD.
Start time : 7.30pm.
Duration : 90 minutes.

Show Format:
Shortform games fun.

The Gig Itself:

First Half

GAME 1: "Story Story Die"
Featuring Jon Trevor conducting with everyone else telling the story.
The Story was called the Pink Spoon of Rage. I think I was eliminated third (or it might have been fourth). A good story.

GAME 2: "Two Headed Speech"
Featuring Jon and Karen.
The suggested type of speech was a sermon. It was a lot of fun.

GAME 3: "ABC"
Featuring Karen and Matt.
The suggestion was "Digging a Hole."
A supervisor (Matt) was telling Wendy (Karen) to dig a hole when they stumbled on a cache of sentient quality pies from outer space.

GAME 4: "Playbook"
Featuring Will reading from Moliere (Chosen from a selection by an audience member) and John improvising with him.
A good fun scene about a man being nailed to the spot and being in love with a kitten. (I think.)

GAME 5: "Silent Dub Lecture"
Featuring Will performing a lecture. Dave was dubbing in the English language voice.
Will performed a lecture on Hemophilia and how ingesting silver can cure a person, even if they chop off their leg with a chainsaw.

GAME 6: "Jumping to Conclusions"
Featuring Jon and Karen.
This is a game about finishing each other's sentences. Jon and Karen were cousins at some sort of reunion. Fun.

GAME 7: "Tiny Voice"
Featuring Matt and Ziona.
Matt was in a chemist shop when a toothbrush (Ziona) started talking to him. It got a bit dirty when the toothbrush wanted him to stroke its bristles. Fun!

GAME 8: "Dual Poem"
Featuring Jon and Matt.
The poem was about a wheelbarrow. I found this game difficult to do. Will have to work on it in the future. Jon was great and the audience seemed to like it.

GAME 9: "String of pearls"
Featuring Everyone.
Will and Matt stood at opposite sides of the stage. Will was given the start line of a story by the audience. Matt was given the end line "and then I became king." Each of the remaining improvisers had to add a line of the story until it was complete. After each improviser added a line, all the improvisers on stage would restate their lines. This continued until the story was complete.

GAME 10: "New Choice"
Featuring Matt and Will. (With Jon calling "New Choice.")
Will was a boss and Matt was a cowering underling. It was a lot of fun to do this scene and it ended with Will telling Matt how much baseball was like life. ("Three strikes and you're out.")

Second Half

GAME 11: "Blues"
Featuring Will, Jon, John and Karen.
The quartet performed a blues song based on an annoying guy named Phil.

GAME 12: "Gibberish Poem"
Featuring Karen performing a Gibberish poem with Will Translating.
The Audience suggestion was "Chicken."
Karen performed a great poem that was adequately interpreted by Will. (I'm kidding, they were both great.)

GAME 13: "Questions"
Featuring Everyone.
The location setting was a courtroom. Fun when everyone can speaking in questions. I'm getting better at this game, but I still find it really difficult.

GAME 14: "3 Headed Expert"
Featuring Dave interviewing Matt, John and Owen as the expert.
The 3 headed expert was an expert on immigration of German sausage makers.

GAME 15: "What Are You Trying To Say"
Featuring Dave and John.
Two brick layers have a converation whilst building a house, getting the wrong end of the stick at various points. A fun scene.

GAME 16: "Emo Date"
Featuring Ziona going on a date, played by Dave, Jon and Matt.
Ziona was going on a date to the cinema with her date who kept changing emotions. The emotions were very happy (Matt), Jealous (Jon) and Horny (Dave). Fun game. Though it did hurt my knees at one point.

GAME 17: "Word Count"
Featuring Dave (7 words), Owen (1 word) and Ziona (4 words).
The suggestion was "sailing." (I think.) The crew were on a boat, and Ziona was captain. A fun scene.

GAME 18: "One Voice"
Featuring Dave interviewing Jon and Will.
Dave interviewed an expert of potatoes. The scene ended when the expert threatened to kill the interviewer because he thought that potatoes were too starchy. A lot of fun.

GAME 19: "Whose Line?"
Featuring Jon, Owen, Will and Ziona.
The lines of dialogue provided by the audience came into play.
The suggestion was "saucepan."
Owen and Ziona were a couple reminiscing about how they met while making hot chocolate. Will was their son who was having studying problems and Jon was the local priest.

Post Gig Thoughts:
Hadn't performed with the Box of Frogs team for well over a year, and I hadn't performed in the venue in the venue before. (Though I had been there for an evening class back earlier in the year.) The bar was intimate, but it was packed with people leading to a great atmosphere. I look forward to performing there again.

On to the next gig!

Will you be there? Check my calendar to find our where I'm performing next.

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13Nov/130

Improv Gig 34: Wow Impro – On The Spot Comedy Improv – Friday 8th November 2013

Improv Gig : 34.
Date : Friday 8th November, 2013.
Company : Wow Impro.
Players : Rich Coad, Matt Dibbens, Sarah Coad, Craig Deeley, Lee Dempsey and Matt Fishwick.
Location : Esquires Coffee House, Coventry Transport Museum, CV1 1JD Coventry, United Kingdom.
Start time : 7pm.
Duration : 2 hours.

Show Format:
Much like last time, this will be a straight forward gig without any competition elements.

The Gig Itself:

First Half

GAME 1: "STORY, STORY, DIE"
Featuring Everyone.
The title of the story was "The Day I Ran Out Of Eggs."
I won! :)

GAME 2: "QUESTIONS ONLY"
Featuring Everyone.
The setting was a classroom.
I didn't win this one. :(

GAME 3: "A-Z"
Featuring Rich and Craig.
A good scene, but I can't remember what it was about.

GAME 4: "HEY YOU DOWN THERE"
Featuring and Dibbens, Sarah and Lee as the Announcer.
The suggestion was "Washing Up." The scene was a 1950s-style public information film about the dangers of washing up. (And also, apparently, feminism.)

GAME 5: "POET TRANSLATOR"
Featuring Fishwick and Dibbens.
Fishwick was a foreign poet performing an ode to a Vacuum Cleaner. Which was translated by Dibbens.

GAME 6: "SCENES FROM A HAT"
Featuring Everyone.
This involved performing short scenes as made up by the audience and then pulled at random from a hat. One highlight from the suggestion of "Singing happy Birthday" that I remember is a group of mourners singing happy birthday to their Grandad at his funeral:


L-R: Dibbens, Sarah, Fishwick, Craig, Lee.

GAME 7: "NEW CHOICE"
Featuring Rich and Sarah.
The suggestion was Boss and Employee and Rich had to train up Sarah to be a skater at an ice rink.

GAME 8: "DOUBLE ENDOWMENT"
Featuring Craig and Lee.
One improviser would leave the room, and the other would get a quirk or task that they had to get the other improviser to do (by giving clues). Craig had to get Lee to scratch is back. While Lee had to get Craig to rub his feet. This entire scene was set on a farm.

Second Half

GAME 9: "ACTION REPLAY"
Featuring Dibbens, Fishwick and Sarah.
My favourite game of the night. The suggestion was maternity hospital. Sarah was a newly qualified doctor who had to help Fishwick give birth while the anxious father, Dibbens, looked on. The scene was replayed at triple speed, then backwards and then ultra-slow-motion:

GAME 10: "ONE VOICE"
Featuring Lee/Craig as One Voice. Fishwick as the Interviewer.
One Voice had been hauled in for questioning by the police (Fishwick) and was accused of stealing a Robot. And a Spanish Robot, at that. Ole:

GAME 11: "LINES OF DIALOGUE"
Featuring Dibbens, Lee and Sarah.
It was a fun scene, but I can't remember what it was about. Sorry.

GAME 12: "HUMAN SCENERY"
Featuring Craig, Rich and Sarah as the scenery.
Craig and Rich acted out a scene. (Where Craig was hiding a Space Hopper from Rich.) The scenery and all objects in the scene were acted out by Sarah.

GAME 13: "PILLARS"
Featuring Lee and Fishwick.
The suggested emotion was perplexed. I don't remember much else about the scene, other than asking the audience to finish various sentences throughout the game.

GAME 14: "WORD COUNT"
Featuring Craig, Rich and Fishwick.
The suggestion was superheroes. Rich could only speak one word at a time. Craig could only speak three words at a time. Fishwick could only speak 5 words at a time. I'm terrible at this game.

GAME 15: "ACCENTS"
Featuring Dibbens, Rich and Sarah.
Various accents that were used were Scottish, Nigerian, Australian, Gibberish, Disney Princess, Scooby Doo and Terminator. Sadly, I can't remember what the suggestion for the scene was, but it was a fun game.

GAME 16: "PARTY QUIRKS"
Featuring Sarah as the host of her Sweet 16 Party.
Rich was a Clown.
Dibbens was a journalist.
Lee was Doctor Who.
Craig was a builder without any bricks.
Fishwick was 007, James Bond.
It was a fun game. As I enterd the party and did the 007 gun pose a fire work went off. Fun!

Post Gig Thoughts:
Anniversary, baby.
It was a fantastic time it was really good to have Craig and Lee there to add some extra spice to the show. I'm looking forward to the 2nd year of gigs at Esquires Coffee House. Hope to see you there!

Big thanks to Rich Coad, Rich Baldwin, Matt Dibbens, Sarah Coad, and Lorcan Mullan for letting me be a part of Wow Impro this past 20 months!

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Join me on Saturday November 23rd for the Beware The Gnomes Debut Longform show. We'll be Upstairs at The Town Hall Tavern, 20 Tib Lane, Manchester, M2 4JA. It's a FREE show with a 7pm start. Get full details here.

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30Oct/130

Improv Gig 33: Fourth Annual Manchester Improv Tournament – Saturday 26th October 2013

Improv Gig : 33.
Date : Saturday 26th October, 2013.
Company : ComedySportz.
Competing Teams : BattleActs, Beware The Gnomes, ComedySportz, ComedySportz Sunday League, Discount Comedy Checkout, and Impropriety.
Location : Sale Waterside Arts Centre, 1 Waterside Plaza, Sale, M33 7ZF.
Start time : 4pm (Heats), 7pm (Final).
Duration : 2 hours each.

Pre Gig Thoughts:
(written Thursday 17 October 2013)
I'm looking forward to performing with Judgement Dave and Adam as Beware The Gnomes. We've got T-shirts this year! Let's see if we can improve our showing over the previous year and advance to the final in the second part of the show. (Which I could then technically say that this was gig 33 & 34.) This is a family friendly show, too. Hope we don't swear!

Show Format:

Heats 1 & 2: Starting @ 4pm

Heat 1: Impropriety vs Beware The Gnomes.

Heat 2: ComedySportz Sunday League vs ComedySportz.

Starting @ 7pm

Heat 3: Battle Acts vs Discount Comedy Check Out.

Final: the three winning teams from each round.

Each group will have two scene games of approx 3 mins each per show. In addition to this, there will be a couple of head to heads per heat and in the final.

The Gig Itself:

Heat 1 - Impropriety vs Beware The Gnomes:

We were first out of the gate at 4pm in front of the audience.

HEAD TO HEAD: "Top That"
Judgement Dave took on Trev. The Activity was Golfing.
Adam took on Lewis at Parachuting.
Matt took on Ange at Vacuuming.
Judgement Dave took on Tall Paul at Tap Dancing.
Adam took on Trev in the final round. (I can't remember what it was.)
Impropriety won the head to head, winning the 5 points for the round.

GAME 1: Impropriety - See, Hear.
Lewis had written a book about unicycle riding hedgehogs and was being interviewed by Trev. The sign language was provided by Tall Paul.

GAME 2: Beware The Gnomes - Fairytale Countdown.
We were given the Humpty Dumpty Fairytale by a Boy From the audience. According to the boy "Humpty Dumpty climbed a wall, fell off, died. People tried to save him, but he was dead." We played this scene in 1 minute, followed again in 30 seconds. Followed again by 15 seconds. Followed by 5 seconds. Followed by 2 seconds.

Impropriety won the 5 points for the first two games.

GAME 3: Impropriety - New Choice.
Lewis and Ange performed a scene set in a council office. Trev called "New Choice" at various moments.

GAME 4: Beware The Gnomes - Two Headed Interrogation.
The suspect JD/Matt was interrogated by copper Adam about the theft of the diamond gnome which also involved a frying pan for some reason.

Beware The Gnomes won the 5 points available for these two games. With the score 10-5 to Impropriety going into the final round, the two teams faced off with a game of:

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Both teams had to come up with various examples of deleted scenes from such things as Lord of the Rings, the News and many more. Despite the fact that Impropriety got a point deducted for some off colour material, they still won as both teams scored 7 in the final round, so the final score was 16-12 to Impropriety.

Heat 2 - ComedySportz vs ComedySportz Sunday League:

I didn't stay to watch, but CSz won a close battle with the Sunday League.

Heat 3 - BattleActs vs Discount Comedy Checkout:

I didn't stay to watch, but Discount Comedy Checkout advanced to the final.

FINAL - Impropriety vs ComedySportz vs Discount Comedy Checkout:

I didn't stay to watch, but ComedySportz won the tournament with Discount Comedy Checkout in 2nd place followed by Impropriety in 3rd.

Post Gig Thoughts:
I enjoyed playing shortform stuff with JD and Adam. And it was great to improvise against Impropriety. Sadly, we didn't make it through to the final, but I think we gave a good showing. Here's to taking part again next year.

Thank yous:

So all that remains is to thank everyone.

Thanks to Bron Edge for setting it all up and hosting / refereeing.

Thanks to Katie Eccles for running the sound and lights for each show.

And thanks to the many CSz people who White Shirted the events.

The teams:

Battle Acts: Phil (plus Steven from CSz.)

ComedySportz: Darryl, Rachel, Rob, and Sye.

ComedySportz Sunday League: Moose, Talal, Tom, and Elise.

The Discount Comedy Checkout crew.

Impropriety: Angie, Tall Paul, Lewis, and Trev.

And of course -

Beware The Gnomes (both off stage and on): Adam, Ash, JD, Lee, Sally and Ste.

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